Just for fun, I bought a checkerboard
cake pan for around $13 (including shipping) from eBay and took a shot at making one of these intricate
Some pictures taken along the way are shown below, as well as the final
result, which, while not perfect, still tasted quite delicious.
The pan is actually three pans with one plastic divider (shown below inside
one of the pans).
We prepared one box of Betty Crocker Super Moist Butter Recipe Yellow cake
mix, according to the instructions on the box. It calls for three eggs,
water and vegetable oil.
Next we prepared one box of Betty Crocker Super Moist Butter Recipe Chocolate
cake mix, also following the instructions, which called for three eggs, water
and vegetable oil.
The batter goes in the bottom and top layer exactly the same, while the the
batter in the middle layer is just the opposite.
In our case, we chose to put the chocolate in the center and in the outer
ring for the bottom and top layers of the cake. The only place the
yellow batter goes in those layers is in the middle ring.
For the actual middle layer of the cake, we put the yellow batter in the
center and outer rings and the chocolate in the middle ring only.
The picture on the right is of the bottom layer.
Notice the messy fingers!
We learned along the way to put each different color batter in a large zip
lock bag and then cut out one tip so both colors of batter can be placed
inside their proper rings as neatly as possible.
Since we were learning along the way, I would say that it took around 20
minutes to get all the batter into the pans in the proper places.
When it was done this is what the pans looked like.
At this point it was time to put them into the oven.
The recipe for the yellow cake called for a slightly different amount of
cooking time than the chocolate cake. Fortunately, they both called for
the same oven temperature.
We decided to bake them for 35 minutes, which was a time that was in the
range called for by the cooking instructions for both cakes.
Once the pans were out of the oven we let them cool for around an hour.
We decided to keep things simple and made a basic homemade chocolate icing
with confectioners sugar, cocoa, milk, vanilla and a bit of salt.
The picture on the right was taken right after the big
What was revealed was a checkerboard cake that was far from perfect, but I
can assure you that it tasted delicious!
The slice of cake below was devoured minutes after the picture was
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